What are the pros? Resistant to PM, FW
What are the cons? Ripens late, small fruit
Being originally from Ukraine, where this cultivar was developed, I've eaten a lot of collective farm women (no pun intended). And few times I've grown them myself. And while the variety sold at this web site resembles the original CFW, it doesn't seem to be one. First, the orignal CFW ripens a lot faster than this one. I started the seeds in mid-April in Los Angeles area and the first melons ripened in late August. In Ukraine I direct seeded them in early May and would harvest n July. And at that point they would be quite soft. A few that I just picked in LA (they fell off the stems), were very sweet and aromatic, but crunchy, even after about a week in the house. Other than that, these melons are great. And in my area the powder mildew situation is really bad and the majority of melons (even labeled as disease resistant) just cannot make it through August. And this melon had no signs of any disease. So, I will stick to it even though it is not that CFW from the Motherland...
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